FULVUE DRIVE-IN

FULVUE DRIVE-IN

Richard England's East End Babylon (2013) tells the story of the rise of the Punk band Cockney Rejects, and how they amazingly became a band against many odds from the fall of their industrial town due to Thatcher-era dismantling of the UK's industrial base to managing to get signed to the now defunct EMI records and cutting some very important and influential music in their teens.

The band too is saved from the problems around them to a great extent by art, but they do not get the respect or money they should have initially, have problems with skinheads, they get banned from the BBC and as is apparent from this 104 minutes, were targeted by the Thatcher forces more than anyone interviewed seems to realize including being duped into a TV appearance designed to make them look like troublemakers they were not.

Despite all being in the dark about what exactly transpired (including the director?), this is a valuable chapter in music history that had to be told, is filled with its moments of irony and great music as all the members, relative and friends are interviewed throughout. It also echoes more than a few similar 1980s stories of rollback politics and the dark exploitation that resulted on both sides of the Atlantic. You should see this one at least once.

Extras include a booklet inside the DVD case, while the DVD adds ten featurette clips and an additional band performance.

COCKNEY REJECTS ON TOUR IN THE USA IN 2014

MAY

14 Santa Cruz, CA
15 San Francisco, CA
16 Orange County, CA
17 Los Angeles
18 San Diego
20 Pomona, CA
22 Phoenix, AZ
23 Las Vegas / Punk Rock Bowling
28 DC
29 Phili
30 NYC
31 Boston

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